Council approved an agreement with Taser International to trade in and buy new tasers for the police department, taking advantage of buy-back discount being offered by the company. The $25,000 cost of the purchases is being covered by money allocated last year for body cameras, but a police department spokesperson told Council the body camera test program that is underway will not be completed during this budget year. During committee meetings, Akron police also updated Council on its radar speed enforcement program. Council allocated $25,000 last year for officer overtime to run radar, and police responded by writing more than 500 citations and 250 warnings. Taking into account the fines generated, the program aimed at curbing speed on residential streets cost the city only about $3,300 in 2015. The radar program, which is shut down during winter months to minimize weather damage to equipment, will resume in April.
March 21, 2016 from Akron City Council on Vimeo.